Vettel grabs first pole position of 2019 at Canada

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Canada, Circuit Gilles Villeneuveca

A scintillating final effort earned Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel his first pole position of the season, outqualifying Lewis Hamilton by a healthy 0.2s margin. Ferrari team mate Charles Leclerc will line up in third on tomorrow's starting grid.

Q1 started off in a fairly straightforward session as both Williams were yet again the first to take the track. All went normal with Ferrari and Mercedes taking the top spots in the leaderboard as it was mainly Racing point and Alfa Romeo who were battling it out to see who would get through to Q2.

Eventually, only Antonio Giovinazzi made it through to Q2, eliminating both Williams and Racing Points, as well as his own team mate, Kimi Raikkonen, who won't be happy with a 17th spot in qualifying today.

The second part of qualifying saw Mercedes take control quickly, with Hamilton and Bottas closely matched at the top of the timing sheet after their runs. Bottas however got involved in a near spin out of Turn 2, only narrowly avoiding the barriers that would have almost certainly meant an early end of qualifying for him.

A few minutes later, and just as Q2 was ending, Kevin Magnussen was unable to avoid contact with the wall of champions. After his right rear wheel bumped into the wall, his car shot to the left and into the pitwall, before crossing the circuit again. The event ruined attempts for several cars behind him, the first of which was Romain Grosjean, who saw a decent effort go to waste.

Max Verstappen was another victim, and realized it was going to be P11 for him as he had to abort his final attempt.

The final session was a tense affair, that once again saw Hamilton take control. His first run was good enough for pole, and even his second was better, but it was eventually Vettel who found even more laptime on his second outing, taking pole by 2 tenths of a second, and confirming on an extremely power sensitive track that Ferrari does indeed have a power advantage.

Charles Leclerc ended up third, and will be joined on the second start line by Daniel Ricciardo, whose 4th place qualifying is his best for Renault yet.

Pierre Gasly was 5th fastest, ending up ahead of Bottas as the Finn really had a difficult final few laps.

Hulkenberg in 7th got out-qualified by his team mate, but completes an extremely strong qualifying result for Renault. Combined with Norris in 8th, and Sainz in 9th, this means all Renault powered cars were firmly in the top 10 as well.

Kevin Magnussen finally completely the top 10, but it remains to be seen whether his badly damaged Haas car can be repairing without requiring a new chassis or gearbox, which would in turn mean some penalties, and a starting position lower down the grid.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarQ1Q2Q3Laps
15Sebastian VettelFerrari1:11.2001:11.1421:10.24023
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:11.5181:11.0101:10.44622
316Charles LeclercFerrari1:11.2141:11.2051:10.92023
43Daniel RicciardoRenault1:11.8371:11.5321:11.07120
510Pierre GaslyRed Bull Racing Honda1:12.0231:11.1961:11.07917
677Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:11.2291:11.0951:11.10119
727Nico HulkenbergRenault1:11.7201:11.5531:11.32421
84Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:11.7801:11.7351:11.86320
955Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:11.7501:11.5721:13.98119
1020Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:12.1071:11.786-15
1133Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:11.6191:11.800-12
1226Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:11.9651:11.921-17
1399Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:12.1221:12.136-16
1423Alexander AlbonScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:12.0201:12.193-16
158Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:12.109DNF-15
1611Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:12.197--6
177Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:12.230--10
1818Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:12.266--9
1963George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:13.617--10
2088Robert KubicaWilliams Mercedes1:14.393--10

Note - Sainz penalised three grid places for impeding another driver during qualifying.